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Aramco Opens R&D Center in Houston


Saudi Aramco President and CEO Khalid Al-FalihSaudi Aramco President & CEO Khalid A. Al-Falih, center, inaugurates the Aramco Research Center in Houston. He is joined by, from left to right, Mustafa Al-Ali, Director of Research and Development, Aramco Services Company (ASC); Nabeel Amudi, President, ASC; the Honorable Bill White, former mayor of Houston; Al-Falih; City of Houston Council Member Brenda Stardig; Ahmad Al-Khowaiter, Chief Technology Officer, Saudi Aramco; and Samer Al-Ashgar, President, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center.
  • The Aramco Research Center in Houston is part of a global strategy that includes three new R&D centers in the United States. 
     
  • The state-of-the-art facility will conduct upstream energy research in exploration, drilling, field development and production management.
     
  • The 60,000-square foot center will create 100 high-tech, scientific and research jobs.   
 
HOUSTON – The Aramco Research Center—Houston opened September 19, 2014 as one of three U.S.-based research and development (R&D) centers aimed at expanding the global research capabilities of Saudi Aramco, the leading global integrated energy and chemicals company.  The new research center, owned and operated by U.S.-based subsidiary Aramco Services Company, is located at 16300 Park Row in the city’s Energy Corridor. 

Read remarks from President & CEO Khalid Al-Falih
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The company is opening new research centers worldwide as part of its commitment to R&D spanning a number of technology domains in both the upstream and downstream oil-and-gas sectors.  In support of this, the company has tripled its R&D staffing and increased R&D funding five-fold. 

“Innovation and cutting-edge technologies are key strategic enablers to devise solutions that will help us to meet rising energy demand in the future and to turn the industry’s challenges into opportunities,” said Khalid A. Al-Falih, President and CEO, Saudi Aramco, who led today’s inauguration of the center.  “Our recently launched strategy has expanded Saudi Aramco’s global research presence and it puts our scientists and engineers in a position to apply their expertise in geographic areas conducive to collaborating with world class partners to bring about game-changing technologies.”

The new research center in Houston will focus on upstream research and technology development, including disciplines such as production management, drilling, reservoir engineering, geology, geophysics, and advances related to subsurface sensing and control. It will play an integral role in Saudi Aramco’s long-term strategy to create breakthrough achievements in the discovery and recovery of hydrocarbon resources.

Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Aramco President & CEO, delivers a keynote address at the inauguration of the company’s newest research center in Houston.

“The Aramco Research Center in Houston is a stand-out, in part because it spans the entire breadth of upstream research and technology development. In our selection of Houston as the home for this center, we are ideally situated to leverage the partners and collaborations that are at the heart of our strategy and critical in achieving the success of our research objectives. But the key differentiator for this center is the inspired and talented people we have working at the center,” said Al-Falih.

The city of Houston was strategically selected for its role as a main hub for the international oil-and-gas community, giving the company’s research scientists access to industry partners as well as research organizations and academia.  Houston is also the headquarters of U.S. subsidiary Aramco Services Company, which has been a member of the city’s business community since 1974.

“The energy sector remains the backbone of the Houston economy so we are always excited about expansion and new ventures that can help seek solutions to our nation’s energy needs,” said City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker.  “Congratulations to Aramco and its employees on the opening of this new research center.  We look forward to the developmental advances that will occur there.”

The Aramco Research Center—Houston is the largest of the company’s U.S. research centers and the largest outside Saudi Arabia. 

“We see our Houston center as a natural addition to our research program.  With the city’s can-do spirit of innovation and its history of making energy advances, there’s great talent and synergy here,” said Mustafa Al-Ali, Director of Research and Development at Aramco Services Company.  

Other U.S.-based Aramco research centers are:
  • Aramco Research Center—Boston, located in Cambridge across the street from MIT, focuses on advanced computational modeling methods, nanotechnology and advanced materials science; and
  • Aramco Research Center—Detroit, located in the Novi suburb, focuses on next-generation fuel-engine systems.
Additional international locations where Saudi Aramco conducts research  are located in Aberdeen; Paris; Delft, The Netherlands; Daejeon, Korea; and Dhahran and Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, as well as a new one planned for Beijing.

The research centers are closely aligned with Saudi Aramco’s existing, award-winning research organizations including the Exploration and Petroleum Engineering Center’s Advanced Research Center (EXPEC ARC) and the Research & Development Center (R&DC) located at company headquarters in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

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